Inspirational Story of Wife of Joseph Smith Jr. – Mary Elizabeth Rollins: Pioneer from Les Miserable

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44 Growing up, I had heard of a courage pioneer woman named Mary Elizabeth Rollins, who along with her sister, managed to save several pages later published as the Doctrine and Covenants from a burning building in Independence, […]

Protein Packed Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken

2 lb Chicken Breasts thawed 1 can Pinto Beans 1 Can Black Beans 1/2 Cup Quinoa 16 oz Salsa Tortilla chips (optional) Combine all ingredients (besides tortilla chips) in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Cut up chicken into bite-size pieces roughly 30 minutes before it’s finished. […]

Super Easy Spicy Citrus Beef in the Slow Cooker

1.5-2 lb Chuck Roast Beef 1 Can Mandarin Oranges 1 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes    1/3 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce Dump all ingredients in the slow-cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Cut up beef into bite-size pieces roughly 30 minutes before it’s finished.  Pair with rice, potatoes, […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 3: Understanding the Need for Control with Baumrind Parenting Styles

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. -Richard L. Evans  Parenting is akin to Goldilocks and the three little bears. At first Goldilocks tries the porridge that is too cold. This is the parent who is strict and unyielding, treating the child with […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 2: Preventing Misbehavior Through Skinner’s Schedules of Reinforcement

If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in. ~ Dr. Louise Hart ~ This post is part of a five-part series. Part 1 is available here. Be sure to also check out the post on why punishment is harmful. Psychologists have […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 1: Introducing Discipline

No-Drama Discipline encourages kids to look inside themselves, consider the feelings of others, and make decisions that are often difficult. . .When we’re willing to lovingly set a boundary. . .we help create neural connections that improve our kids’ capacity for relationships, self-control, empathy, personal insight, morality, and much, much more. And they can feel […]

Why I Stopped Punishing My Kids: Negative Effects of Punishment

A person who has been punished is not less inclined to behave in a given way, at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. -B.F. Skinner Dan, at four years old, kept poking his little brother in the head no matter how much I explained that this was not a pleasant sensation. . . . […]

10 Instagram #ParentFails that will make you LAUGH OUT LOUD

We’ve searched Instagram high and low to find this weeks best #ParentFail posts! Can you relate? Tell us in the comments your favorite picture and your own #parentfail! Subscribe to our newsletter to hear our favorite monthly hashtag!     10. When your kid spills the family “crs wrds” ??  ? I’m actually dying!???#dinafamilyrules#whatdotheseteachersthink #thingskidswrite #parentsoftheyear#parentfail A post […]